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Simon A. Levin - Research Grants
 
Title: CNH: Social-Ecological Complexity and Adaptation in Marine Systems
Source of Support: National Science Foundation
Major Goals: Understand how the behavior of fishermen is shaped by the ecosystems they harvest from, the technology they use to do so, and the societies they live in, with the overarching goal of using this information to design "bottom up" forms of management such as fishery cooperatives.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with James Watson, Stockholm Resilience Centre; Oregon State University, fall 20017)
 
Title: Robustness and Adaptability in Complex Biological Systems
Source of Support: Army Research Office
Major Goals: An integrated experimental and theoretical exploration of robustness and adaptability in animal collectives, with a particular emphasis on considering the mathematical properties of the time-varying networks of communication in such groups.
PI: Simon A. Levin
 
Title: Resource-Based Green Growth Under Climate Change: Ecological and Socio-Economic Constraints
Source of Support: University of Oslo/NordForsk
Major Goals: The GreenMAR project brings together an interdisciplinary research team of Nordic, US, Russian and Dutch researchers and a leading Nordic fish company to produce knowledge necessary to achieve green growth.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Nils Stenseth, University of Oslo, Norway)
 
Title: Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Adaptations of Fish and Fishing Communities to Rapid Climate Velocities
Source of Support: National Science Foundation
Major Goals: Use dynamic range and statistical models with four decades of geo-referenced data on fisheries catch and fish biogeography to determine how fish populations are affected by the cumulative impacts of fishing, climate, and changing species interactions.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University)
 
Title: NMFS-Sea Grant Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Graduate Fellowship: Assessing the Impacts of Connectivity on Coral Reef Metacommunity Dynamics in the Coral Triangle
Source of Support: New Jersey Sea Grant Extension Program/U.S. DOC-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Major Goals: Quantify ecologically relevant dispersal scales of common reef-building corals in the Philippines and investigate the effects of climate change on the persistence of corals across reefs in the Coral Triangle region in Southeast Asia.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Lisa McManus, Graduate Student, Princeton University)
 
Title: EDT: Mathematical Methods for Water Problems
Source of Support: National Science Foundation
Major Goals: To expose students to societal problems related to water, and to the mathematical challenges related to modeling and analyzing them.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Peter Constantin, Princeton University)
 
Title: Conservation Implications of Community-Supported Fishery (CSF) Programs: A Multdisciplinary Analysis of Ecological, Economic and Social Outcomes
Source of Support: David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, Society for Conservation Biology
Major Goals: A two-part, multidisciplinary approach to examining ecological, economic, and social ramifications of CSFs. Part I: Work with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and localcatch.org, a North American network of CSFs, to assess ecological and economic effects on social capital of a pilot CSF targeting low- and middle-income urban consumers of color.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Talia Young, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University)
 
Title: A New Framework for Ecological Kinetics in Natural Environments
Source of Support: Simons Foundation
Major Goals: To better understand the dynamics of microbial commmunities in Earth's oceans by jointly developing new ecological theory alongside a powerful experimental system for re-creating realistic marine micro-environments in the laboratory; to learn what drives population dynamics of ocean microbes, which play a critical role in marine ecosystems and the global carbon cycle; to provide new theoretical tools that can be applied to other complex ecological systems.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Andrew Hein, Institute of Marine Science, University of California, Santa Cruz; NOAA)
 
Title: The Statistical Mechanics of Crowds: Tools for Predictive Modeling in the Social Sciences
Source of Support: DARPA (through the University of Pennsylvania)
Major Goals: Building a bottom-up, reductionist scientific framework for generating, testing, and falsifying hypotheses about individual and group behavior in the social sciences.
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Joshua Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania)
 
Title: Collaborative Research: The Role of Spatial Interactions in Determining the Distribution of Savanna and Forest
Source of Support: National Science Foundation
Major Goals: To conduct empirical work and perform modeling to help understand the spatial dynamics of the forest-savanna boundary in semi-arid regions of the world..
PI: Simon A. Levin (with Carla Staver, Yale University)